Maryland lawmaker: Bills considered to resolve historically black colleges suit

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – A Maryland lawmaker says legislation is being considered to resolve a long-running lawsuit in federal court over program disparities between four historically black colleges and traditionally white colleges.

Del. Charles Sydnor, a Baltimore County Democrat, said Friday he is working with other lawmakers on proposals for a settlement of at least $577 million.

That’s the amount that an attorney representing the HBCUs has recommended.

Sydnor spoke at a news conference to discuss a rally next week calling for a fair resolution.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has offered to settle the lawsuit for $200 million over 10 years.

House Speaker Adrienne Jones has urged Hogan to settle the case for $577 million. Hogan responded that lawmakers could find ways to reach the higher amount in the upcoming budget process.

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